Martyn Maxey Moroccan Oil Review

Can’t stand the frizz? Then here’s the perfect defining cream for your hair
Lord, the saga of hair. Mine has been having such a time of it lately. I had two colour disasters, one after the other, and frankly would still be wearing a giant hat and crying if it hadn’t been for the magical ministrations of the hair colourist Josh Wood himself. The saga is, of course, to do with the fact that I am not quite ready to release the grey (white?) hair that’s been lurking under my colour since my early thirties. Actually, Josh and I made a plan — I will keep you posted, because this problem comes to every woman at some point, and while it seems relatively easy if you’re blonde, it really isn’t if you’re dark. There has to be a way of easing yourself in gradually that doesn’t give you conniptions, and I plan on finding it.

Anyway, so the poor old hair (which is now lovely new hair) was traumatised after disasters one and two, and I found myself in my least-liked hair situation: that of knowing I should wash it really gently, then leave it alone to grieve, no product, no heat. I can’t do this — well, I can, but then I can’t leave the house, due to Cloud O’Frizz™. I don’t know why I’m saying this as though leaving the house were my favourite thing, instead of my absolute worst one — I am the queen of Fogo. But still: dramarama on the hair front. And then I remembered that when I had my recent excellent cut, I bought a bottle of Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream (£24) as well.

(Excellent cut: Aldo at Martyn Maxey, in Marylebone, and yes, I know it’s annoying to make London recommendations, but I went on the train, too — a six-hour round trip, thanks very much. Worth it.)

There was a moment, a few years ago, when Moroccanoil was everywhere, and then it all went quiet while everybody got in on the argan oil act. Well, it’s around again, doing cleansers and exfoliators and all sorts of things. The hair stuff remains brilliant, and the range is much better now if your hair is fine. The Intense Curl Cream is fantastically moisturising, like giving your hair a delicious, nutritious drink, and two pumps on damp hair killed my frizz while keeping the waves soft.

It also smells absolutely divine — at least I think so. If you don’t like the smell, you have a problem, because it’s distinctive and it lasts for ever, so go and sniff a bottle if you haven’t used Moroccanoil before.

The bottom line: if you have any type of problematic curly/wavy hair, and would like it to look more composed and under control, whether you blow-dry it or let it dry naturally, then this product will really help you. Some curl creams have a laminating effect, so you feel like they’re sitting on your hair — this isn’t one of those.